Anxiety disorders cause persistent anxiousness that can worsen over time. Anxiety Disorder include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder.
Generalized anxiety disorder causes excessive and lasting anxiety. Additional symptoms may include fatigued, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, restlessness and sleep problems.
Panic disorder causes recurrent panic attacks or sudden episodes of intense fear. Other potential symptoms such as heart pounding, sweating, a sense of impending doom and breathing problems. Once you have experienced a panic attack it is common to experience intense anxiety about future episodes.
Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, causes severe fear of being judged, rejected or intense self-consciousness. Symptoms may include avoidance of people, places and difficulty making and maintaining friendship. Physical symptoms may include blushing, sweating, or feelings of nauseous.
Anxiety can also manifest as phobias, triggered by specific objects or situations such as animals, germs, insects, medical procedures, thunder, heights, driving, flying, and elevators.
Environment and genetics seem to contribute to anxiety disorders. Risk factors may include stressful events, family history of anxiety or other mental disorders.
Effective treatment for anxiety disorders often involves psychotherapy, and or medications. Adding healthy lifestyle habits to the mix will also be helpful.